The NCAA Division I board of directors approved a sweeping set of changes to scholarship rules that will begin phasing in with the 2012-2013 school year.
Touted as a way to improve academic performance in collegiate athletics, the board approved a plan that mandates a certain level of academic performance necessary to compete in postseason competition. Earlier this year, the board set the minimum academic standard for postseason competition at a 930 Academic Progress Rate. Teams must hit the 930 benchmark to be eligible for postseason play. Transfers will also have to meet a 2.5 GPA to be eligible for transfer.
For failing to meet those academic standards, teams could also be penalized with loss of practice time, competition reduction (loss of games), and a third level that includes coaching suspensions, financial aid reductions and restricted NCAA membership.
In addition, student-athletes who receive full athletic scholarships will now have the opportunity to receive additional athletics aid up to $2,000 or the full cost of attendance, whichever is the smaller amount. That $2,000 was added to help student-athletes address the rising costs of miscellaneous costs of attending college, and it is optional for institutions to offer the added benefit.
- For more on the NCAA’s sweeping changes, check out the link here: DI Board adopts improvements in academic standards and student-athlete support.